Want To Pursue MBA? Tour The Best Entrance Examinations In India

The decision to go for higher education after your graduate is surely a good idea because of the advantages of pursuing a master's degree. When it comes to post-graduation, most of the students look at MBA due to its scope and opportunities.

Throughout the year, MBA aspirants witness various entrance examination conducted by institutes or boards for admissions to a wide range of management courses. We understand that it is extremely difficult for students to track all the exams. Hence, we have decided to make an article on the most popular and upcoming MBA entrance exams.

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Common Admission Test (CAT)

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This is the most popular management entrance exam conducted in India for admission to various courses in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) spread across the country. Over two lakh candidates take this exam. CAT format consists of three sections, namely quantitative aptitude, data interpretation & logical reasoning and verbal & reading comprehension.

The notification for the CAT 2018 will be released in July. And the exam is all set to be conducted on Nov 25, 2018.

Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)

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On an average, over 1.5 lakh candidates take CMAT conducted by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT gained popularity in the recent times and over 500 management institutes spread across the country accept the score. It is a computer-based exam and consists of four sections namely, quantitative technique, logical reasoning, language comprehension and general awareness.

The registration for the CMAT 2019 will be open in October and exam will take place in the month of January.

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT)

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This is also one amongst the popular management entrance exams conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. On an average, over one lakh candidates take this exam. And the exam consists of four sections, namely quantitative ability, English language & logical reasoning, decision making and GK & essay.

The XAT notification will be released in the month of August. However, the exam will be held on Jan 6, 2019.

Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP)

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This national-level management examination is conducted by Symbiosis International University for admission to its institutes spread across the country. Along with Symbiosis, many institutes accept SNAP scores for an admission to the MBA program. The SNAP exam consists of general English quantitative, data interpretation & data sufficiency, general awareness and analytical & logical reasoning sections.

The notification for the SNAP 2019 is expected in October; however, the exam will be conducted in December.


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NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) has been acquired by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which is the testing body for the world's most popular management entrance exam, GMAT. The NMAT scores are valid in many popular institutes in India including, NMIMS, VIT and ICFAI B-schools. This is a computer-based exam and consists of three sections, namely quantitative, logical reasoning and language.

The registration for the online applications will be accepted till October. And candidates can take the NMAT exam between October and December.

Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

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Management Aptitude Test (MAT), conducted by All India Management Association (AIMA), is accepted by more than 600 institutes. This prestigious entrance exam is conducted online and offline. MAT will be conducted four times a year in the months of February, May, September and December.

The exam pattern of the MAT consists of five sections, namely Indian and global environment, language comprehension, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning and mathematical skills. The MAT exam for the May month will be held on the 20th.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Exam

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This pen and paper mode exam is conducted for an admission to a specific institute, IIFT and its campuses. The exam consists of four sections, namely English comprehension, general knowledge & awareness, logical reasoning and quantitative analysis. The notification for the IIFT exam will be released in July and will be held in December.

AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA)

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ATMA is conducted both online and offline. This is also held four times a year in the months of February, May, July and August. This three-hour entrance exam tests candidates on analytical reasoning skills, quantitative skills and verbal skills. The ATMA 2018 will be held on May 27, July 1 and August 5, 2018.

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)

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The IBSAT is a national-level entrance test conducted by ICFAI for admissions to MBA and PhD programmes at campuses of ICFAI. It tests the candidates' skills on verbal, reading comprehension, quantitative aptitude and data adequacy & data interpretation. IBSAT exam is expected to be held in the month of December.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test (TISSNET)

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This is an institute-based entrance exam conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). This online exam will provide an opportunity to pursue courses at TISS institutes spread across the country. The TISSNET tests candidates on logical reasoning, analytical ability, social sensitivity and contemporary issues. The TISSNET is expected to be held in January.

Also Read: Are MBA Entrance Examinations Puzzling You? Opt For The Wise One With These Tips

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